According to Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona, the Arizona Diamondbacks are one of five teams (not surprisingly) to make a formal offer for Masahiro Tanaka with just five days until the deadline. According to Magruder, the D’backs have offered him $106 million dollars over 6 years. According to Chris Costillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Yankees, Cubs, White Sox, and the Dodgers have all submitted offers over $100 million and 6 years or more. I know what your thinking. How in the world do the D’backs have that kind of money and why are they paying him that much?
The answer to the first question is for a small market team, the D’backs actually have the money. They have their highest payroll since 2002, the year after the club won the World Series and they have the need. The Diamondbacks consider him to be their to priority and have since before he was even posted. The question everybody is asking is why are the D’backs risking so much money on a guy who has never pitched an inning in the Majors? Granted he went 24-0 with an ERA of 1.27 in Japan but with all due respect to the Japanese Leagues its nothing like Major League Baseball. So the question is why can’t they go out and get a starter who has big league experience? Also, why are they willing to give Tanaka a 6 year deal and they can’t give Parra more then three years? The answer is owner Ken Kendrick and Derrick Hall are very high on him and only time will tell if they get him.
The D’backs have to worry about the Yankees and apparently the Cubs. The Cubs had a great meeting with him and the youth movement is appealing to him. A baseball source believes the Cubs are now the favorites according to Bruce Levine. Only time will tell with the deadline being just days away. All I know is everything is on hold and K.T is one aggressive G.M.